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Barry McGuigan: We want the Quigg fight

CARL Frampton’s mentor and CEO of Cyclone Promotions Barry McGuigan claims Scott Quigg is on ‘The Jackal’s’ radar.

Frampton versus Quigg is a fight that both camps, fans and the press have talked about for a number of years now and McGuigan revealed Team Frampton are keen to make it happen if the Belfast star claims the IBF World title this coming Saturday night.

Matchroom boss and Quigg promoter Eddie Hearn expressed hopes of the December Manchester bout and a Summer rematch in Belfast, while Team Frampton want to beat Quigg and move on.

Hearn claimed earlier in the Summer that he had held talks with Jake McGuigan and is hopeful the bout can be made.

Barry McGuigan, this week told ESPN Quigg is certainly an option going forward, but says a much anticipated showdown with the WBA regular champion may have to wait until later next year as if Frampton emerges victorious in Belfast on Saturday he will first have to make a mandatory defence against American Chris Avalos, who won an IBF title eliminator in May

 “I’m not looking beyond September 6, but as a manager my job is to plan what happens next,” Mcguigan told ESPN.

“After Martinez, we will have to consider picking up the mandatory because they gave Kiko an exception and we don’t mind that, but what it might do is delay a potential Quigg fight.

“We want the Quigg fight. We’ve wanted it for a long time but Carl is the draw so they will have to come to us and play ball.

“We promote Carl and the reason I left Eddie was because we wanted to have control of our fighter. We have done all the work and the point is we want to have the Quigg fight.

“We are also keen on Santa Cruz but when Carl dismissed Hugo Cazares as quick as he did in his last fight, all of a sudden they did he didn’t want to know, so we switched positions and negotiated with Kiko and he’s been paid a fortune to come to Belfast.

“There’s been a lot of talk about Carl fighting Scott Quigg in the future, but we are not interested in Quigg at the moment.

“He’s piggy-backing off Carl Frampton to get vicarious attention but this guy is the real deal. They tried jumping in front of us and getting the fight with Kiko, but we’ve got it.”

“There are big fights in super-bantamweight division. I’m not looking past Kiko, but there’s the WBC champion Santa Cruz and [the WBA champion] Quigg,” Frampton told ESPN.

“The Quigg fight will be a shame if it doesn’t happen and I hope it does happen, but I don’t want to talk about him at the moment.”


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